Clare Bird Sightings

May 2011

List of Contributors:
Joe Adamson, Gerry Butler, Dermot Breen, Alan Clewes, Austin Cooney, Jeff Copner, Ciaran Cronin, Chris Cullen, Paul Gaughran, Clodagh Glasgow, Tim Griffin, Kathy & Dave Gorman, Davey Farrar, Brian Finnegan, James Hayes, Barry Howell, Nuala Lynch, Tom Lynch, Finbarr MacGabhann, Dave McNamara, Jim Nolan, John N Murphy, Frank O ‘Duffy, Bill Ryan, Pearse Ryan, Ercus Stewart , Tom Tarpey, Paul Troake and Howard Williams.
Thursday 19th May 2011
A Kingfisher was on the River Fergus close to Ennis town centre.
Seven Blackcap were at Lees Road and two more were singing at Ballyallia.
Tuesday 17th May 2011
The Garganey pair were still at Ballyallia Lake again today.

Monday 16th May 2011
A second-year female WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was near Mount Shannon on Lough Derg today (Tom Tarpey).
The male and female Garganey were still at Ballylallia Lake, Ennis.
One second-year Iceland Gull was at Kilbaha Harbour, Loop Head.
A Grasshopper Warbler was also at the Loop.
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Garganeys at Ballyallia Lake © John N Murphy
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Iceland Gull at Kilbaha © John N Murphy
Sunday 15th May 2011
One male and female Garganey were at Ballyallia Lake this afternoon, near the River Fergus exit on the town side of the lake.
The second-year Glaucous Gull was still at Seafield, Quilty.
At the Dawn Chorus outing to the Mullaghmore area this morning there were a pair of Yellowhammer, seven Backcap, one Little Egret, a Cuckoo and four Common Gulls.
One Long-eared Owl was at dawn chorus near Ballyvaughan this morning.
One Kingfisher and three Spotted Flycatchers were on the River Fergus, north of Lough Inchiquin.
One Great Northern Diver and two summer plumaged Red-throated Divers were at Liscannor Bay.
Over sixty Swift were over Ballyallia Lake this evening.
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Spotted Flycatcher near Lough Inchiquin © Dave McNamara
Saturday 14th May 2011
A Turtle Dove was at Loop Head this morning, along with ten Collared Doves, 32 Rock Doves, one Whitethroat, one Willow Warbler, seven Wheatears, 15 Sedge Warblers, four Chough and a Raven.
Over 2,500 Manx Shearwaters, two Puffins and six Whimbrels were at the Bridges of Ross.
Six Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood.
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Turtle Dove at Kilbaha © John N Murphy
Tuesday 10th May 2011
Four Blackcap were singing in Lees Road Wood and another at the back of the CBS Primary along the banks of the Fergus.
Monday 9th May 2011
A small flock of 15 Whimbrel flew over Ballycar Lough, Newmarket-on-Fergus.

Sunday 8th May 2011
One Hobby was at Seafield, Quilty today (Jeff Copner), along the second-summer Glaucous Gull
and 12 White Wagtails.
There were 32 Great Northern Divers at Black Head.
One Common Sandpiper was at lough Bunny.
One little Egret was at lough Muchanagh.
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Glaucous Gull on Seafield Beach © Jeff Copner

Saturday 7th May 2011
Two Yellowhammers were at Commons North in the Burren.

Friday 6th May 2011
One second-year Glaucous Gull, seven White Wagtails and 100 Whimbrel were at Seafield, Quilty.
Six Blackcaps were singing in Lees Road Wood and two more were at along the Fergus at the back of Cusack Park.
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Glaucous Gull at Seafield © Dave McNamara

Thursday 5th May 2011
One Kingfisher was on the River Fergus in Ennis.

Wednesday 4th May 2011
One Crossbill flew over Ballycar, Newmarket-on-Fergus.
At the Shannon Airport Lagoon this evening there were four Little Egrets and 100 Black-tailed Godwits on the lagoon itself, while on the edge of the mudflat shoreline there were 50 Whimbrel.
Two Kingfishers were on the Rine River, Quin.
One Jay was at Dromoland Castle Estate.
Whimbrel calling at the Shannon Airport Lagoon © John N Murphy
Tuesday 3rd May 2011
A drake Green-winged Teal was at Lough Atedaun (Dave McNamara).
Monday 2nd May 2011
There were four Yellowhammers in the Mullaghmore area.
Six Blackcaps were at Commons North, Kilnaboy and at least five Cuckoos were calling in the same area.
Sunday 1st May 2011
A flock of 52 Whimbrel flew in a North-west direction over Applewood, Ballycar.
Once again this year there have been lots of Cuckoos throughout the whole county © John N Murphy.

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